Dr. Pengju Ji 吉鹏举:

Dr. Pengju Ji graduated from the University of Huddersfield, UK, with a PhD degree in physical organic chemistry (with Profs. Mike Page and John Atherton), after 2 years postdoc with Prof. Jin-Pei Cheng at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, he is now a faculty member of the Chemistry Department of Tsinghua University. His research interests mainly cover the solvation and solvent effects of non-aqueous solvents, such as liquid ammonia and more recently ionic liquids. He is also interested with the bond transformation and organic reaction mechanism in these solvents.


1995.9-1999.7 BSc, Chemistry Department, Northwest University;

2002.9-2005.7 MSc in Organic Synthesis, Chemistry Department, Northwest University;

2008.1-2011.4 PhD  in Physical Organic Chemistry, School of Applied Sciences, Department

                                 of Biological and Chemical Sciences, University of Huddersfield, UK.

Academic Career:

2005.9-2008.1 Research Assistant, Sinopec Centre of Petrolum Science&Technology, Tianjin University;

2012.3-2012.9 Visiting Scholar, State Key Laboratory of Elemento Organic Chemistry, Nankai University;  

2012.10-2014.10 Postdoc, Chemistry Department, Tsinghua University;

2015.1-2017.4 Assistant Prof., Chemistry Department, Tsinghua University.

2017.5-present Associate Prof., Chemistry Department, Tsinghua University.


1) Xue, X.-S; Ji, P.; Zhou, B.; Cheng, J.-P.* The Essential Role of Bond Energetics in C–H Activation/Functionalization. Chem. Rev. 2017, 117, 8622.

2)  Wang, Z.-D.; Li, X.; Ji, P.*; Cheng, J.-P.* Absolute pKas of Sulfonamides in Ionic Liquids: Comparisons to Molecular Solvents. J. Org. Chem2016, 81, 11195.

3)  Mao, C.; Wang, Z.-D.; Wang, Z.; Ji, P.*; Cheng, J.-P.* Weakly Polar Aprotic Ionic Liquids Acting as Strong Dissociating Solvent: A Typical “Ionic Liquid Effect” Revealed by Accurate Measurement of Absolute pKa of Ylide Precursor Salts. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 5523.

4)Mao, C.; Wang, Z.; Ji, P.*; Cheng, J.-P.* Is Amine a Stronger Base in Ionic Liquid Than in Common Molecular Solvent? An Accurate Basicity Scale of Amines. J. Org. Chem. 2015, 80, 8384.

5)Wang, Z.; Deng, H.; Li, X.*; Ji, P.; Cheng, J.-P.* Standard and Absolute pKa Scales of Substituted Benzoic Acids in Room Temperature Ionic Liquids. J. Org. Chem. 2013, 78, 12487.

6)Wang, Z.; Ji, P.*; Li, X.; Cheng, J. -P.* Double-Line Hammett Relationship Revealed through Precise Acidity Measurement of Benzenethiols in Neat Ionic Media: A Typical “Ionic Liquid Effect”? Org. Lett. 2014, 16, 5744.

7)Xue, X.-S.; Wang, Y.; Yang, C.; Ji, P.; Cheng, J.-P.* Toward Prediction of the Chemistry in Ionic Liquids: An Accurate Computation of Absolute pKa Values of Benzoic Acids and Benzenethiols. J. Org. Chem. 2015, 80, 8997.


1)Ji, P.; Atherton, J. H.; Page, M. I. J. Chem. Soc., Faraday Discussions, 2010, 145, 15.

2)Ji, P.; Atherton, J. H.; Page, M. I.  J. Org. Chem. 2011, 76, 1425.

3)Ji, P.; Atherton, J. H.; Page, M. I.  J. Org. Chem. 2011, 76, 3286.

4)Ji, P.; Powles, N. T.; Atherton, J. H.; Page, M. I.  Org. Lett. 2011, 13, 6118.

5)Ji, P.; Atherton, J. H.; Page, M. I. J. Org. Chem. 2012, 77, 7471.

6)Ji, P.; Atherton, J. H.; Page, M. I.  Org. Biomol. Chem. 2012, 10, 5732.

7)Ji, P.; Atherton, J. H.; Page, M. I.  Org. Biomol. Chem201210, 7965.

8)  Sun, X. H.; Liu, Y. F.; Tan, Z. C.; Ji, P.; Wang, M. H. Chin. J. Chem. 2005, 23, 1490.

9)  Sun, X. H.; Ji, P.; Liu, Y. F.; Chen, B.; Jia, Y. Q. Chin. J. Org. Chem. 2005, 25, 724.

10) Sun, X. H.; Wang, H. F.; Liu, Y. F.; Chen, B.; Ji, P.; Yang, J. W. Chin. J. Org. Chem. 2004, 24, 506.

11) Zhang, Z. L.; Du, G.; Ji, P.; Zhu, J.; Jing, X. Chin. J. Environ. Eng. 2007, 1, 141.

Contact Details:

Email: jipengju@mail.tsinghua.edu.cn

S902B, Meng Min Wai Science and Technology Bldg,

Centre of Basic Molecular Science (CBMS), Dept. of Chemistry,

Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China.